Metallica will headline five major North American festivals next year, all of which are produced by Danny Wimmer Presents. The events are Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, Louder Than Life and Aftershock. The band will play two separate headlining sets at each stop, with a unique setlist for each performance, resulting in 10 different shows.
Metallica began changing its set list nightly in 2003, with drummer Lars Ulrich telling us a while back that it keeps the show fresh: ["When we started the St. Anger touring cycle, we started just changing the set every night. Up through the Nineties, we got a little stuck, and it got a little rigid, and we would go out and play the same set list for six months every night. So we're really trying to just play different stuff every night. It's pretty cool."] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . it's pretty cool.)
These shows will be Metallica's only U.S. festival appearances of 2020. The quartet will play on Friday night and Sunday night at each event. The band said, "You know we love a challenge, so when Danny Wimmer Presents invited us to headline all five of their spring/fall U.S. rock festivals, that sounded like great fun. But play two separate sets on two nights in the same weekend? Definitely count us in!"
Danny Wimmer remarked, "Metallica isn't just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it's an event . . . I can't wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America."
Tickets for all of the events are on sale now for fan club members and past purchasers of tickets for Danny Wimmer Presents events. The general public sale starts Monday, October 14th at noon ET.
The shows which Metallica will headline are:
May 1-3 – Epicenter – Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC
May 8-10 – Welcome To Rockville – Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL
May 15-17 – Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival – MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH
September 18-20 – Louder Than Life – KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY
October 9-11 – Aftershock – Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA